GreenPeak Makes a Universal Remote That Needs Barely Any Batteries Ever?

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GreenPeak recently announced the launch of a new wireless radio technology for home remote control devices based on RF (radio frequency). GreenPeak is a semiconductor company offering ultra low power wireless and battery-free data communication technologies for sense and control applications and was recently selected as 2009 Technology Pioneer by The World Economic Forum.

Contrary to traditional IR based remote controls, RF remote controls provide two way high speed communication and do not require line of sight as the signal goes through walls and floors. It is excellent for controlling equipment inside a cabinet or in another room. With a nice stylish flat screen on the wall, people do not want to have DVD-players or set-top boxes within sight.

GreenPeak has developed a set of reference designs for this new generation of RF remote controls (2.4 GHz, IEEE 802.15.4 compliant) and RF modules for integration into hosts such as TVs, DVDs and set-top boxes. These reference designs are based on GreenPeak's Emerald GP500C communication controller, with dedicated features for the consumer electronics and remote control market.


The Green Peak remotes enable the designer to develop an ultra low power RF system with a much longer battery life. RF remote controls equipped with GreenPeak's communication controller can be made maintenance free: a single watch type battery can outlast the life time of the remote.

Remote controls designed with GreenPeak's communication controller are based on the IEEE 802.15.4 industry standard for multiple devices control. GreenPeak's solution also includes IR as secondary use for legacy systems. This combo solution allows the use of a single universal remote control for both IR and RF devices. 


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